Vases from Japan

While in Kyoto I stopped by the Official Shop of the Kyoto Ceramic Art Association. There are 210 members of the association, and the works on display range from one-of-a-kind pieces by dedicated artisans to work that seems more manufactured (but still beautiful). 

Lilies in a Vase © Harold Davis

I looked for vases. My budget was certainly not unlimited. I took my time, placed the pieces I was interested in on a table and studied them for a while. My criteria was mostly whether I liked the piece, and also suitability for photography.

Ilex in a Vase © Harold Davis (Vase by Junji Setsu)

When my purchases arrived back home in the States after I got back it was like Christmas in November! As you’d expect from Japan, my vases were wrapped well, with each in an individual presentation box of its own.

Blue Vase in Morning Light © Harold Davis

I set up some white seamless paper, made a few flower arrangements, and started taking pictures. I’m sure there is more to come, but for now I am taking a breather: living with the ceramics, letting them sink in, and waiting for the time to be right to experiment more! 

Vase with Proteus © Harold Davis
Red Gerbera in a Vase © Harold Davis (Vase by Mitsuo Nishikawa)
Gerbera in a Vase © Harold Davis
White Porcelain Vase with Campanulas © Harold Davis

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